Hitchin charity rises to triathlon challenge

Sue Sibley and Kim Brooks, and, The Triumphant Symonds House team (L-R front row) Kim Brooks, Sue Si

Sue Sibley and Kim Brooks, and, The Triumphant Symonds House team (L-R front row) Kim Brooks, Sue Sibley (L-R back row) Diane Campbell, Steve Reaves - Credit: Archant

THREE members of staff and a resident from a care home took part in a triathlon run by the charity Leonard Cheshire Disability.

The team from Symonds House, Hitchin, took part in Tri Together, a triathlon run by the charity Leonard Cheshire Disability.

Tri Together London, now in its third year, was held at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre on September 1.

Specially designed for disabled and non-disabled people to swim, bike and run side by side, the event took place on the anniversary of the Paralympic games.

Sue Sibley, a physiotherapist at Symonds House, pushed resident Kim Brooks round the 5km course in her wheelchair. Diane Campbell took on the 400m swim, while Steve Reaves a gardener at the service, put his pedal power to the test with the 15km cycle ride.

Sue said: “It was an incredible atmosphere and we were just chuffed to get to the finish line. Kim and I had been training for the challenge by doing laps in the garden, cheered on by everyone living at the home.”

Sarah Ball, the events manager at Leonard Cheshire Disability, said: “I would like to thank each one of our competitors, volunteers, sponsors and support crew for making Tri Together London an inspirational day.

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“Regardless of whether participants were disabled or non-disabled, for over 70% of those taking part this is their first triathlon. It was a big day, and a huge personal challenge for people whatever their ability.

“Like all charities we are very reliant on fundraising and are hoping to raise £100,000 from today to help us continue our work with disabled people at our services across the UK.”

To find out more, see results, timings and photographs and to register for next year’s event or for Tri Together Glasgow visit www.lcdisability.org/tritogether

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